Pirate Party Ideas
Fun ideas to use in creating your own pirate birthday party.
Pirate Party Games
Fun Ideas for a Pirate Party
Pirate Party Favor Ideas
Pirate Invitation Ideas
Decoration Ideas for a Pirate Parties
You will need foam swords, plastic coins and two baskets or treasure
boxes for this game. The object is to race with a coin on the edge
of the sword and place it in the treasure box. Separate the kids
into 2 teams and give each team a foam sword and an equal number of
coins. The first pirate in line takes a coin and places it on the
sword blade and runs to the opposite side of the room and places it in
their treasure chest. They they run back and the next person in
line does the same thing. Continue until one team has all of their
coins in the treasure chest. If a child drops the coin as they are
running to the treasure chest they must pick up the coin and go back to
their team and begin again.
Pirate Hook Relay
You will need plastic pirate hooks and twisted pretzels for this
game. Pirates use their hooks and try and move pretzels from one
dish to the next dish using only the hook. This game can be played
individually or set up to be a relay race.
You will need two kiddie pools or large tubs filled with sand, piggy
banks or small containers and pennies. Set out the pools and place
the sand and pennies inside the pools. Hide the pennies in the
sand - 100 pennies in each pool is a good amount. Have teams one
by one run to the sand, dig through the sand and when they find a penny
they run back to the starting line and place it in their piggy bank or
container. Give the pirates a time limit ( 5 - 7 minutes) to
see how many coins they can collect in that time. Play
several rounds. The pirates with the most money in their banks
wins a small prize.
Black Beards' Crew
This game is played like the game of tag except that the pirate who
is "it" is called Black Beard. When Black Beard touches a player
and tags them they become part of his pirate crew. Then Black
Beard and his crew try and tag the other players collecting crew members
as they tag the pirates. The last pirate to be tagged is the new Black
Pirate Ship Bail
You will need 2 large tubs, 2 smaller buckets and sponges for this
game. The object of the game is to see which team can bail more
water from their pirate ship using a sponge. Separate the kids
into two teams. Place two large tubs (or you can use one tub that sits
in between both teams) at the starting line. At the opposite end
of the playing field set out two equal see through plastic containers.
Give each team a sponge and tell the first children in line to dip their
sponge in the water and then run to the containers and squeeze out the
water. Then they run back to their team and the next person
in line goes. The winners are the team who fills their container
Variation: Instead of sponges you can have the pirates use
bandanas, spoons or cups with holes punched in the bottom.
Pirate Cannonball War
You will need two pirate ships made from boxes, a large blue tarp
and lots of black water balloons. Separate the guests into two
teams and have them stand behind their pirate ship. Place the blue
tarp on the ground between the ships for the water. Give each team
an equal amount of water balloons and have them throw their
"cannonballs" and try and sink the other pirates ship.
A Pirates Life Game
One player is the leader or the Pirate Captain.
The Pirate Captain calls out different actions (from the list provided).
The game can be played as an elimination game (the last person to do the
action is out) or as a continuing game where new captains are chosen and
everyone gets a turn to be the Pirate Captain. Fast paced
fun and a great way to get kids, tweens and teenagers moving and having
fun! Choose your favorite actions from the list below and go over
them with the players so they know what motions they should do when the
Captain calls out a command.
|Avast Ye landlubbers
|Ship is sinking - all players must all climb
onto one object (couch, large chair, circle on floor).
|The Floor is Lava
|| Players must not touch the floor.
|| Players lay on ground and flip
their mermaid tail.
| Run to the right side of the
| 3 players form a group - 1
player pretends to look at a map and the 2 others form an X on
| Run to the left side of the room.
|| 4 players form a group - 3 of
them form a circle and the 4th stands inside.
|| Players hold one arm
straight out and have a sword fight with another player.
|Peg Leg Charlie
|| Players hop on one foot
until the next action.
||3 players join hands in the middle and turn
in a circle.
||Players pretend to jump over the ship rail
and bob in the water.
||Players put both hands together on top of
their head like a shark and swim around.
|Row your boat
|3 players group together to make a boat. 2
players on each side and one player in the middle rowing.
|Climb the Rigging
|| Players use their arms
and legs and pretend to climb.
|Captain on Deck
| Players stand at attention
|Walk the Plank
|| Players lay on the ground in
a plank position.
|We're lost Mateys!
|| Players get in groups of
3 and point north with their arms.
| When this
action is called the first person to jump up and and yell Mutiny
is the next Pirate Captain (if playing where everyone gets a
Party games for ages 7, 8 and 9
Party Games for 5 and 6 year olds
Birthday games for ages 10, 11, 12
Fun Ideas for a Pirate Birthday Party
Pirate Treasure Hunt Game
Set up a treasure hunt for the Pirate party guests. Create a
pirate map that looks like the floor plan of your house or party venue
and have them start at one end of the map and with dotted lines lead
them from one place to the next. At each stop you can make the
kids answer a question (pirate trivia), accomplish a task (build a 4
foot tower from blocks - see below for more ideas) or have pirate items
waiting for them that they can put on like eye patches, vests, hats,
etc. At the end of the treasure hunt place a treasure chest filled
with pirate treasure ... or their goody bags that they get to take home
from the party. Things to do along the treasure hunt that will
make the game more fun and last longer:
Walk the Pirate Plank - You will need a large
flat board and a blindfold. Put the board on the floor and line up
the party guests behind it. The player who is first puts on the
blindfold and they must walk from one end of the board to the other and
then back again backwards without turning around. If the step off
the plank they have to start again.
Pirates must toss gold coins (plastic or gold wrapped chocolate)
into a treasure chest. To move to the next challenge in the
treasure hunt the pirates must toss a set number of coins into the
chest. Give each pirate 10 coins and set the number they need in
the pirate chest at 8 x the number of party guests.
Pirate Face Painting
Make the party guests into pirates by painting on mustaches, sideburns,
and beards with eye liner or face paint.
Pirate Island Hop
Pirates use island shapes to move from one part of the room to the
opposite side. They have to move as a team by placing the island
shapes on the ground (they only get 1 more island piece then they have
players) and stepping onto them (one person on a piece at a time).
They then take the back piece and hand it down the line to the person in
front who places it in front of the other pieces and moves ahead one
step. Then all the players move forward one space and it continues until
they reach the other side of the room.
Pirate Sword Duel -
You will need two low stepping stools or blocks of wood and two pool
noodles for this game. Place the stools facing each other about 2
- 3 feet apart. Let the pirates take turns 2 at a time trying to
knock each other off the stools with the pool noodle.
Parrot Pirate Piñata
Fill a parrot piñata with prizes and small wrapped candy and also a
clue for the next stop on the Pirate Treasure Hunt. The stop
before this could be a station where they decorate white or brown lunch
sacks with pirate stickers so they will have something to collect the
goodies in the piñata.
Pirate Party Activities
Give the pirates items to make them look the part. Set out lots of
doo rags, clip on earrings, temporary tattoos, eye patches, vests,
beards, pirate hats, and foam swords.
As the pirates are arriving have them choose a pirate name for
themselves and write it on a name tag. Then during the party refer
to them by that name.
Pirate Party Favors
Pirate Hats - find the at the party store or ask
Long John Silvers for some paper hats
Temporary washable tattoos
Plastic eye patches
Plastic telescope or compass
Chocolate gold coins
Pirate Goody / Loot Bag Ideas
Wooden treasure chests
Pirate theme or plain black bandanas - tie party favors inside
the bandana and tie with a red ribbon or twine.
Brown lunch bags - draw a treasure map on the bags and then mash
them in a ball and flatten so it looks like an old treasure map.
Pirate Party Food Ideas
Fish and fries
Shell pasta and cheese
Bread Sticks (swords)
Scurvy Dogs in a ship - (hot dogs in white hot dog containers)
Land Lubbers Pizza - have the kids make their own pizzas to look like a
pirate treasure map. Cut out pirate, parrot or "x's" from
mozzarella cheese slices with cookie cutters.
Pirate Party Invitation Ideas
A treasure map is a great Pirate themed
invitation idea. Draw a treasure map
that looks like an island on brown paper. You could even
draw a map of your neighborhood or city that looks like its on
an island and make a large red "X" that marks the spot of the
birthday party. Below the treasure map print out the
party details. Leave room around the edges of the
invitations and after they are printed out burn around the edges
to make them look old. Brown paper grocery sacks also work
well for the invitations. Roll up the treasure map
invitation like a scroll, wrap twine around it and secure with a
A message in a bottle is a great Pirate invitation idea.
Print out party information on a 4 x 5 piece of paper and then
roll into a scroll and secure with twine. Place the
invitation into a used water bottle that has the label removed.
Add sand and seashells to the bottle and place the cap on.
Wrap some twine around the bottle cap and give to the people you
want to invite to the party.
Use Pirate language on the invitations such as:
Eeyyyye ye Maties!
We be looking ta celebrate ____________ (birthday child’s name) day o’
Sail aboard the _________ (parent's last name) pirate ship.
T’ pirate ship be docked at t’ port of ______________ (party address).
Ships a sailin’ on ____________ (date)
At the hour the clock strikes _________ (time)
Ye landlubbers can pick up the young pirates when we dock _________ (time party
RSVP t’ the Captain t' let us know if we'll be seein’ ya there
___________(phone # for RSVP).
Pirate Birthday Party Decorations
Decorate the Pirate party with parrots, pirate flags, treasure chests
(an easy treasure chest is to use boxes painted like crates or wooden
crates painted with the pirate symbol) , gold
coins, and brown streamers.
Decorate the outside of the party
entrance to look like a beach with some sand and a pirate chest or flag
at the door.
To make the party entrance look like a treasure
map tape down 10" strips of black tape going in a broken line from the
sidewalk to the front door.
On the front door (or party entrance)
hang a large red X made from poster board.
The party table can be decorated in white
and black (like the pirate flag) with red flatware or napkins.
Sprinkle chocolate gold coins on top of the party table. Set out a
large treasure chest for the party or food table and fill it with
jewelry, coins and pirate loot. Let some of the pirate loot hang
down from the treasure chest and spill onto the table. You don't
have to fill it completely full of treasure ... simply place a gold or
white pillow inside the chest and then the pirate loot on top. Or
use the treasure chest to hold goody bags or prizes for the party games.